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Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones

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by Judy Schachner
     
 

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Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is crazy-loco for dinosaurs! The kitty boy enters (via his closet) the land of dinosaurs in search of the fabled Skipposaurus. Instead he runs into his old amigos, the Chimichango gang. When a T-Mex threatens the pack, it’s El Skippito, the great sword fighter, to the rescue. With yips and yowls, he drives the big

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Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is crazy-loco for dinosaurs! The kitty boy enters (via his closet) the land of dinosaurs in search of the fabled Skipposaurus. Instead he runs into his old amigos, the Chimichango gang. When a T-Mex threatens the pack, it’s El Skippito, the great sword fighter, to the rescue. With yips and yowls, he drives the big baddie away, so all the dino-dudes can rattle their bones another day. This fourth entry in a series that Kirkus Reviews called “ay caramba, mucho fun,” will win even more fans for the Siamese cat with oversize ears and an imagination to match.

Editorial Reviews

Jerry Griswold
In the growing category of bilingual children's books, the Skippyjon Jones series is refreshing because of its irreverence. Here is linguistic fun and dual-language punning, or something like James Joyce's Ulysses for the elementary-school set…In Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones,…Skippyjon settles upon a new career as a paleontologist, having been inspired by the bone-collecting of the neighbor's dog, Darwin…The playfulness of Schachner's stories is echoed in her artistic style—dynamic and comic sketches, a wide palette of lively colors in acrylic and pen and ink, and an alphabetical mélange of handwritten and printed letters
—The New York Times
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
The Siamese kitten returns in another rip-roaring adventure. This time, Skippyjon, who wants to be a famous paleontologist, digs up bones buried by Mrs. Dolly Doohiggy's dog, Darwin, and glues them to his model dinosaur. When his mother warns him to take the bones back before Darwin awakens, the obstinate, pouncing, bouncing Skippyjon instead puts on his cape and mask, transforming himself into Skippito Friskito, a Chihuahua. Searching for more dinosaurs, Skippito enters his closet, which transports him to a jungle. There, the action builds. Skippito reunites with Los Chimichangos, his old canine amigos. Hearing an earthquake, the friends panic; peeping through bushes, they see rowdy dinosaurs of all sizes and types. Using his pickle breath and courage, Skippito saves his pals from harm. Schachner's characters retain their winning personalities. The peppy acrylic and pen-and-ink artwork reflects the playfulness and drama of the text and adds plenty of action and suspense. Many Spanish terms are smoothly integrated into the snappy dialogue. Schachner's energetic reading on the accompanying CD includes the use of different character voices. The recording opens and closes with upbeat music, and orchestral drumbeats accentuate the action in the story. This lively romp is fun for one-on-one sharing or reading aloud.
—Lynn K. VancaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
That devilish, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones is back in his fourth adventure and digging up big-time trouble-again. Skippyjon loves digging in Mrs. Dolly Doohiggy's garden because that's where her bulldog Darwin buries his bones. And bones lead to dinosaurs. "I'm going to be a famous paleontologist!," Skippyjon says as he disappears into his closet and greets his friends the Chimichango gang. Suddenly they find themselves surrounded by a rhumba line of extinct dinosaurs, and Skippyjon comes face-to-face with a T. Mexito. But dino-dudes are no match for El Skippito Friskito who rules the day, ole. With the familiar acrylic and pen-and-ink illustrations of this goofy pint-size cat who thinks he's a Chihuahua, large-type sound effects, Spanglish words and silly rhymes, fans will cheer for this loco kitty and his funny-bones escapade. (CD) (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525478843
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Series:
Skippyjon Jones Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
100,870
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much-loved Grannyman and its companion book, Bits & Pieces. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My boys (2 and 4) love Skippyjon Jones, and my 4 year old is obsessed with dinosaurs, so when we came across Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones we had to buy it. We got the audio CD with it. They love the story, both of them crack up laughing, especially when Los Chimichangos show up! I think we all have the book memorized by now, it's definitely a family favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just purchased this for my 4 year old daughter. The book comes with a CD with the story being read by the author. My daughter and my 9 year old son just love the book. It is very funny, especially when read by the author with the sound effects. Would recommend for anyone - even Dad loves it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first night I read SkippyjonJones to my 6 yr old granddaughter we laughed so hard! We had to read it again. Then, in the morning we went on Barnes & Noble.com to find other SkippyjonJones books. We also found that there is a plush of Skippy. Of course she HAD to have it! She will soon have all the Skippy books and it will take even longer to get to bed at night because she can never have just one!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first graders love this book as they do all of Ms. Schachner's books. They are the most read and worn books in my classroom--even more than books that are several years old! When I told my students that I had a new Skippyjon book, they were on their best behavior all day so we would have time to read it by the end of the day. I've given this book as a gift, and it was just as loved. I can't wait for the next one.
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My 6 year old granddaughter loves it. But she is hooked on this character anyway, as is her grandfather.
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cat_fan More than 1 year ago
Adorable character in another great adventure! Story incorporates spanish words which makes it even more interesting!
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Skippy Jon Jones and the Big Bones by Judy Schachner Skippy Jon Jones was digging in Mrs. Dolly Doohiggy's garden because that's where Darwin buries his bones. Next he was running to the house when his mama said don't run with your mouth full. Then he entered the closet. He saw his friends roasting marshmallows on a volcano. Then he came up and joined them all. Then suddenly it erupted. They fell on to the ground. They got back up and saw dinosaurs dancing. After that he jumped up and roared at the dinosaur. Then he woke back up. It was an awesome book. I liked the part when he roared at the dinosaur. I would recommend this book to any grade and kindergarten. Caden S.
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Kailey MacAllister More than 1 year ago
this is my favorite version of skippyjon jones!!!
TEST NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
great book!!
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Lisa Leicht More than 1 year ago
awesome
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The Skippy Jon Jones series is such a HIT with younger kids. Skippy Jon gets into many adventures and kids can identify. This series is so much fun to read. It's become the most wanted present for birthday parties!
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